Typically, we advise our children to dial 911 anytime they want assistance. However, this kid elevated the lesson to a whole new level!
The child decided to call someone for assistance because he was having trouble with his homework. He picked up the phone and dialed 911, which was the only number he knew. Is it accurate to say that this number is related to those who require assistance? Yes. He was probably correct somewhere too…
The answering operator started posing the usual questions. After considerable misunderstanding, the operator realized that the child actually struggles with math problems.
Operator: 911 emergencies
Boy: Yeah I need some help
Operator: What’s the matter?
Boy: With my math.
Operator: With your mouth?
Boy: No with my math. I have to do it. Will you help me?
Operator: Sure. Where do you live?
Boy: No with my math.
Operator: Yeah I know. Where do you live though?
Boy: No, I want you to talk to me on the phone.
Operator: No I can’t do that. I can send someone else to help you.
Operator: what kind of math do you have that you need help with?
Boy: I have take aways.
Operator: Oh, you have to do the take aways.
Operator: Alright, what’s the problem?
Boy: Um, you have to help me with my math.
Operator: Okay, tell me what the math is.
Boy: Okay. 16 take away 8 is what?
Operator: You tell me. How much do you think it is?
Boy: I don’t know,1.
Operator: No. How old are you?
Boy: I’m only 4.
Operator: What’s another problem, that was a tough one.
Boy: Um, oh here’s one. 5 take away 5.
Operator: 5 take away 5 and how much do you think that is?
Wiman: Johnny what do you think you’re doing!?
Boy: the policeman is helping me with my math.
Woman: What did I tell you about going on the phone?
Operator: It’s the mother…
Boy: You said if I need help to call somebody.
Woman: I didn’t mean the police!